Spending a week driving yourself from town to town, tourist spot to tourist spot, focussing on winding roads and missing the dramatic scenery isn’t everyone’s idea of a holiday. This is where an Escorted Group Tour of New Zealand is appealing.
When deciding how to plan your New Zealand holiday, we each have a different travel style. With an Escorted Group Tour, almost everything is taken care of for you in a single price. Accommodation, activities, transport are all included in a carefully planned itinerary. All you need to do is settle in and enjoy while your expert guide leads the way.
Here are some of the benefits Fine Travel clients enjoy when taking an Escorted Group Tour.
The planning is taken care of
Group tour operators have adapted their itineraries to reflect the new reality that their clients are New Zealanders taking group tours of New Zealand, not international tourists. Designing an itinerary that will appeal to guests exploring their own country is no easy task, but it is a challenge the group tour companies have acknowledged and responded to.
A well considered itinerary allows you to handover the details, such as booking accommodation, selecting cities and towns, popular attractions and activities, and just pay for the single inclusive itinerary. Your tour leader is on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly and to share their expertise. At popular attractions, Group Tours can skip queues and many operators have arrangements that are a bit more off the beaten track so you get an authentic experience.
Diverse travel options
Escorted Group Tours of New Zealand can be about more than travelling in a coach by road. Itineraries such as APT Touring’s Rail and Cruise Experiences of New Zealand includes rail journeys and cruises as part of a 16 day itinerary from Christchurch to Auckland.
Meet new people
If you enjoy meeting new people, exploring New Zealand on a Escorted Group Tour is a great way to ‘break the ice’ with strangers. You’ll meet people from all over New Zealand and have the opportunity to make genuine, lasting friendships.
You’ll probably find the other travellers share similar passions and interests and when venturing away from home, it can be wonderful to be surrounded by a group of like-minded people on the same adventure.
Stay in trusted, quality accommodation
Group tour operators work with accommodation providers to ensure they fit with the style and quality of the tour (and the price is included). This helps with getting value for money (you aren’t booking it yourself at the last minute), and peace of mind that the standard of accommodation is consistent with your expectations. Having a comfortable, quality place to rest your head at the end of each day is an important part of the tour.
Value for money
Through negotiated group discounts, your budget will likely go a lot further on a group tour. You’ll get more for your money, such as an experienced tour guide, quality accommodation, and exclusive tours and experiences.
Booking all of this outside of a group tour can be time-consuming – save the time spent trawling through (and validating) online reviews, different booking websites, endless Google search beginning with “what to do in…”.
Work with trusted names in travel
International Tour Operators such as APT Touring, Trafalgar, Insight Vacations and Globus will be well known to Group Tour travellers. For guests who have toured with these companies overseas, they will enjoy the recognition of a returning guest and the consistency of their touring experience in the New Zealand environment.
As an authorised agent for the leading tour companies, Fine Travel can book your New Zealand tour and ensure you have access to the latest special offers and returning guest benefits.
Finding your group tour
When working with our clients to find their Escorted Group Tour, we take the time to understand their needs and wishes and the standard of travel they enjoy. Once you’ve decided where you want to go, we’ll work with the group tour operator to make the entire booking process smooth, enjoyable, and stress-free.